Graduate Studies

Admission and Fees

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Admission Requirements

Admission of male and female national and international students to Zayed University master’s programs and graduate certificates is subject to minimum academic and, in some instances, work experience standards which are defined by the Office of Graduate Studies. Colleges may set higher admission standards for specific programs.

Prerequisites

  • Applicants must have an earned four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale (or equivalent).
  • Applicants to master's degree programs offered in Arabic must be proficient in the Arabic language.
  • Applicants to master's degree programs offered in English must meet one of the following English language requirements:

♦ An IELTS (Academic) overall band score of not less than 6.0 (The College of Education requires minimum sub scores no less than 5.0), or

♦ An internet-based TOEFL total score of not less than 79 iBT, or

♦ A native speaker of English with an earned baccalaureate degree from a university in which English is the language of instruction and which is located in a country where English is an official language.

An English language proficiency test result is normally considered valid if the test has been taken no more than two years prior to the admission deadline of the graduate program the applicant is applying for.

  • Executive Masters degree applicants:

Applicants must demonstrate suitable professional proficiency equivalent to at least three years of mid- to upper-level supervisory experience. Applicants must demonstrate disciplinary competence.

  • Master of Finance and Master of Management: International Business degree applicants:

Applicants must have a basic knowledge of accounting, economics, finance and statistics prior to gaining entry into the master's degree program. Applicants may therefore be required to successfully complete appropriate pre-program courses at the discretion of the Graduate Program Admissions Committee. Applicants requiring pre-program courses are subject to an additional fee. Applicants who have completed the equivalent courses at institutions at the tertiary level may be exempted from this requirement.

  • Specialized Disciplinary Knowledge 

Applicants for master's degree programs requiring specialized disciplinary knowledge at the baccalaureate level may be required to successfully complete selected pre-program courses. Applicants requiring pre-program courses are subject to an additional fee. 

 Other Admission Requirements

  • Transcript/Degree Certificate

Applicants are required to submit an official transcript with an English translation (if necessary) from the university granting the degree. Transcripts in Arabic should be translated into English. The transcript should indicate the degree and when it was received. If the transcript does not include this information, an official degree certificate must be submitted. If the degree is awarded by a foreign university, a letter from the U.A.E. Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research recognizing the degree must be submitted.

  • Essay

Applicants, other than Education degree/graduate certificate applicants, are required to submit a 250-word essay in English (or in Arabic for graduate programs offered in Arabic) stating how the graduate program would support their career goals. Hand written essays will not be accepted.

Education degree/graduate certificate applicants are required to write two essays in English as part of the application. Limit each essay to two print pages using 12 pt. font.

  1. Describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in education, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans, and your future career goals.
  2. Discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue the education program of your choice. Please include relevant educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities and discuss potential contributions to the improvement of education.
  • Writing Sample

In addition to the essay, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communications and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Diplomacy and International Affairs degree/graduate certificate applicants are required to include a writing sample in English. Limit the writing sample to five print pages in 12 pt. font.

  • Confidential Letters of Recommendation

Download and complete the appropriate Confidential Letter of Recommendation form or alternatively contact the Office of Graduate Studies to request one to be sent. Applicants must submit two letters of personalized professional or academic recommendation in English (or in Arabic for graduate programs offered in Arabic). One letter should be from the applicant's current line manager/supervisor. An applicant who does not have work experience may provide two academic letters of reference. The second letter should preferably be from a teacher or other education provider. Both letters must be sealed and signed across the flaps. The confidential recommendation letters should be returned to the Graduate Student Recruitment Specialist at the Office of Graduate Studies.

  • Admissions Interview

Once applicants submitted their completed applications and supporting documents to the Office of Graduate Studies and paid the non-refundable application fee, the Admissions Office will conduct a preliminary screening to determine if the applicants meet the minimum general admission requirements appropriate to the program they are applying for. They then will be invited to attend a personal interview in English (or in Arabic for graduate programs offered in Arabic) with the Graduate Program Admissions Committee to confirm interest in the program, academic preparedness and suitability of the program to the applicant's career goals. International applicants may request to be interviewed by video conference.

Please click here for admission interview tips and sample discussion points.

  • Technology Expertise

Students must have their own laptop computer no more than three years old.

Other Requirements

  • A completed application form in English
  • A current resume in English (The resume should clearly indicate work/professional experience and educational milestones.)
  • A passport copy
  • An Emirates ID card copy (for UAE residents)
  • Two passport-size photos

Application Procedure

Application

Although admission to graduate programs is open to males and females of all nationalities, admission is limited and competitive. Applicants meeting the minimum entry qualifications are not guaranteed admission.

Graduate programs are delivered on a cohort basis and the size of each cohort is normally limited to 30 participants.

The application is the applicant's introduction to the Graduate Program Admissions Committee. All materials should be submitted in typewritten form and as error free print in 12 pt. font.

Application Process

Download and complete the appropriate Application for Graduate Program Admission form and return it to Zayed University or alternatively contact the Office of Graduate Studies to request one to be sent.

Applications will not be processed unless they are accompanied by all relevant documentation and the non-refundable application fee of AED 400. Certified photocopies of original documents are preferred to originals.

Documents may be delivered by hand to:

Abu Dhabi Campus

Office of Graduate Studies
Zayed University - Khalifa City West Campus
Male Section, Gate 5, Office Nr. MF1-2-073
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Dubai Campus

Business Center
Zayed University - Academic City Campus
Dubai, U.A.E.

Documents may be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Studies
Zayed University
P.O. Box 144534
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Tel: +971-2-599-3605

Application Deadlines

The following admission deadlines are in effect for the academic year 2016 - 2017:*

Application Deadline

Master’s Degree Program

30 May 2017

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Judicial Studies (Offered in Arabic)

Master of Management (M.M.): International Business

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communications Specialization in Strategic Public Relations

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communications Specialization in Tourism and Cultural Communication

Executive Masters in Health Care Administration

30 November 2016

Executive Masters in Business Administration

Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Diplomacy and International Affairs

Master of Education (M.Ed.), Specialization in Special Education

Master of Science (M.S.) in Teaching and Learning

Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology Specialization in Cyber Security 

Master of Education (M.Ed.), Specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 30 NOVEMBER 2017 WITH A START DATE IN FEBRUARY 2018

*Application deadline dates are subject to change without notice. 

For more information on the graduate program admission deadlines, start dates and location for graduate program delivery, please visit the Key Dates section of the website: www.zu.ac.ae/gradstudies

Academic Credit for Prior Tertiary Studies

Students seeking academic credit for previous graduate studies are advised to email Abir Jadallah, Graduate Registrar at abir.jadallah@zu.ac.ae for further information and advice on whether they qualify for academic credit towards a Zayed University graduate program.

Admission Offers

Applicants meeting the general program admission requirements, who are recommended by the Graduate Program Admissions Committee and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies will be notified of the status of their admission via their official Zayed University e-mail address. Program admission is confirmed on payment of the non-refundable cohort registration fee. Fully admitted students will be registered for all required program courses.

Conditional Admission

Applicants to graduate certificates or master’s degree programs offered in English meeting one of the following English language requirements are eligible for conditional admission:

  • an IELTS (Academic) overall band score of not less than 5.5, or
  • an internet-based TOEFL total score of not less than 71 iBT.

Conditionally admitted students must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale (or equivalent). Applicants to master’s degree programs requiring preprogram preparatory courses to demonstrate disciplinary competence may be eligible for conditional admission.

Conditionally admitted students:

  • not meeting the program admission language requirements will be registered on a course-by-course basis;
  • meeting the program admission language requirements prior to registration in the 4th program course will be granted admission to the program;
  • not meeting the program admission language requirements prior to registration in the 4th program course are subject to dismissal;
  • not meeting the program admission language requirements is confirmed on payment of designated tuition fees;
  • are not eligible for provisional admission.
  • Conditional admission for students not meeting the program admission language requirements is confirmed on payment of designated tuition fees. 

Provisional Admission

Applicants to master’s degree programs with an earned baccalaureate degree with a grade point average not less than 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale (or equivalent) from an accredited university may be eligible for provisional admission.

For programs taught in English, provisionally admitted students must meet one of the following English language requirements:

  • an IELTS (Academic) overall band score of not less than 6.0, or
  • an internet-based TOEFL total score of not less than 79 iBT, or
  • a native speaker of English with an earned baccalaureate degree from a university in which English is the language of instruction and which is located in a country where English is an official language.

Provisionally admitted students:

  • will be registered on a course-by-course basis;
  • maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0 after completing at least 9 credit hours of graduate study will be granted admission to the program;
  • maintaining a GPA less than 3.0 after completing at least 9 credit hours of graduate study are subject to dismissal;
  • are not eligible for conditional admission.
  • Provisional admission is confirmed on payment of designated tuition fees.

Admissions Offer Withdrawal

Zayed University may withdrawn an admissions offer made on the basis of incomplete or inaccurate information supplied by the applicant.

Deferment

On recommendation of the Graduate Program Admissions Committee, Zayed University may permit deferment of an offered place for up to one year. A student must request a deferred admission by notifying the Office of Graduate Studies in writing prior to the deadline for course withdrawal (seven calendar days after course commencement).

Program Cost

College 

Master's Degree Program

Program Cost

College of Business 

Executive Masters in Business Administration

AED 128,000

Master of Management (M.M.): International Business

AED 128,000

Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance

AED 96,000

College of Communication and Media Sciences 

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communications Specialization in Tourism and Cultural Communication

AED 96,000

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communications Specialization in Strategic Public Relations

AED 96,000

College of Education 

Master of Education (M.Ed.), Specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration

AED 84,000

Master of Education (M.Ed.), Specialization in Special Education

AED 84,000

Master of Science (M.S.) in Teaching and Learning 

AED 84,000

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Executive Masters in Public Administration

AED 128,000

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Diplomacy and International Affairs

AED 128,000

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Judicial Studies

AED 96,000

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Executive Masters in Health Care Administration

AED 128,000

College of Technological Innovation

Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology Specialization in Cyber Security

AED 96,000

College

Graduate Certificate Program

Program Cost

College of Business

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

AED 40,000

College of Communication and Media Sciences 

Graduate Certificate in Tourism and Cultural Communication

AED 32,000

Graduate Certificate in Public Relations

AED 32,000

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs

AED 60,000

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration

AED 40,000

College of Technological Innovation 

Graduate Certificate in High Technology Crime Investigation 

AED 40,000

Graduate Certificate in Information Security

AED 40,000

Program cost includes the introductory workshops, tuition, textbooks, course notes, access to library facilities and computing services, support of the Zayed University Computing Services staff and the graduation ceremony.

Students must have their own laptop computer.

A non-refundable fee of AED 400 must accompany the application.

Payment Procedure

Graduate Tuition Payment Guidelines

       Payment

Option 1A:  Full Fee Payment

Registration (non-refundable)

10%

Payment prior to first course.

90%

100%

Option 1B:  Full Fee Payment w/PDC**

Registration (non-refundable)

10%

Min. payment prior to first course.

45%

PDC residual payment 6 weeks from 1st installment payment date

45%

100%

Option 2A: Tuition by Installments

Registration (non-refundable)

10.0%

1st Payment prior to first course

22.5%

2nd Payment prior to fourth course

22.5%

3rd Payment prior to the seventh course

22.5%

4th Payment prior to tenth course

22.5%

100.0%

Option 2B: Tuition by installments w/PDC**

Registration (non-refundable)

10.0%

Min. 1st payment prior to first course

11.3%

PDC residual payment 6 weeks from 1st installment payment date

11.3%

Min. 2nd payment prior to fourth course

11.3%

PDC residual payment 6 weeks from 2nd installment payment date

11.3%

Min. 3rd payment prior to the seventh course

11.3%

PDC residual payment 6 weeks from 3rd instalment payment date

11.3%

Min. 4th payment prior to tenth course

11.3%

PDC residual payment 6 weeks from 4th installment payment date

11.3%

100.0%

 **Post Dated Cheque processes are subject to U.A.E. law.

Course Fees for Master's Degree Programs

A non-refundable cohort registration fee of 10% of the total program tuition fee must be paid within five (5) working days after you have received your admissions letter to guarantee enrollment in the graduate program.

Course Fees for Sponsored Students

If the student's tuition fee is to be paid by his/her employer or a sponsor, fifty percent (50%) of the total tuition fees is due at the beginning of the first course, with the remaining fifty percent (50%) due at the beginning of the seventh course.

Payment of Tuition Fees

Students may view their tuition fee balances and pay their outstanding tuition fees directly on Blackboard at http://learn.zu.ac.ae Click on “View and Pay Tuition Fees”. For assistance regarding tuition fees, please email ar@zu.ac.ae

Graduate Student Support (Financial Support)

In addition to external financial awards, Zayed University offers limited financial support for registered students in its graduate programs in the form of scholarships, assistantships and benefits.

A scholarship is a non-service award made to graduate students to assist in the pursuit of an advanced degree. An assistantship is an appointment to specified compensated teaching and/or research duties. 

The following are links to financial support that Zayed University along with external organizations offer in the form of scholarships and assistantships:

Zayed University Scholarships and Assistantships

External Scholarships

International Graduate Applicants

International applicants seeking to study at Zayed University must apply for an international student visa whilst outside the United Arab Emirates. Procedures for sponsorship cannot commence until after the applicant has accepted an unconditional offer of a place and has paid all fees due as per the Letter of Offer. Students need to allow at least two weeks for processing.

International Student Visa Application Requirements

  • A passport copy
  • Six passport-size photos
  • A non-refundable deposit of AED 2,000
  • Please note that, in addition to an international student visa, international students must also have appropriate and current international medical insurance for the duration of their planned period of study. 

A UAE international student visa is normally valid for a period of 12 months and it can be renewed on an annual basis. The applicant is responsible for the payment of the international student visa application fees.

For more information on international student visa requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at +971-2-599-3605. 

Every effort is made to ensure that the information presented on the Admission and Fees web page is accurate and current. The Office of Graduate Studies reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice.